October 1, 2018
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AWB's Manufacturing Week bus tour kicks off Thursday for seven days on the road

It's time! AWB will hit the road starting this Thursday for the second-annual Manufacturing Week Bus Tour. This seven-day, cross-state tour will celebrate and promote the vital role manufacturing plays in supporting Washington's communities and economy. Watch one participant explain why he's looking forward to welcoming the AWB Manufacturing Week tour to his Poulsbo furniture company, and follow along online at #MFGisWA.

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Governor signs proclamation officially designating October 'Careers in Manufacturing Month'

It's officially "Careers in Manufacturing Month" in Washington state, thanks to a proclamation by Gov. Jay Inslee and a new partnership between AWB and the state Employment Security Department's job seeker arm, WorkSource. The designation was coordinated to highlight AWB's statewide Manufacturing Week bus tour that takes place Oct. 4-12 along with the launch of WorkSource's website aimed at connecting those looking for manufacturing jobs and manufacturers looking for skilled workers.

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Washington's economy -- and tax revenues -- continue to grow

Washington state government will collect $791 million more than expected over the next four years, the state's revenue forecast council predicted last week. Forecasters note the strong growth in the state's economy and personal income, but said international trade concerns remain a real threat.

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'No on 1631' campaign ads take to the airwaves with questions about costs of the carbon fee measure

Voters will be seeing commercials questioning Initiative 1631, which would impose an escalating carbon "fee" on emissions in Washington. The No on 1631 coalition has more information at www.VoteNoOn1631.com.

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No vote urged on pollution fee initiative

By The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Editorial Board

Earlier this year we opposed Gov. Jay Inslee's effort to impose a carbon-emissions tax in the Washington state Legislature.

We now oppose a similar effort to impose a carbon tax -- now dubbed a pollution fee -- through Initiative 1631. We urge a no vote on I-1631 on the November ballot.

This does not mean we oppose all efforts to combat climate change, which we see as a real and serious threat to all of us.

But any effective effort to reduce the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change should be done on a national scale at the federal level. A state-by-state approach such as the initiative adopts won't achieve much except to create an economic burden on those living in Washington state...

Read the full editorial in The Union-Bulletin
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